why go so far out on this limb by launching this strike? >> once they drew that red line, it was crossed obviously repeatedly, but on this scale that they had to take action, and that the credibility of the united states is at stake. their goal, they say, is to punish assad and deter him, but a lot of critics, democrats as well as republicans, say that that is not a legal reason to use military action. punishment. you need the legal predicate, number one, and that is not a wise mission. bill cohen i interviewed today, and he said we need to know what steps two, three, four and five are going to be and what is the larger strategy? and he should wait. tim kaine this morning, democratic senator, former democratic national chairman, saying the president should not be doing this, he should be waiting. wait the week. get congress back. have consultations. bob casey believes there should be a strike.